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Maryland lands a graduate transfer commitment from Duke

Maryland lands a graduate transfer commitment from Duke

The Maryland Terrapins snagged former Duke player Sean Obi as a graduate transfer, the school announced on Thursday. He didn't play last season due to knee surgury that he underwent last summer. 

Obi began his college career at Rice during the 2013-14 season, and posted 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. After his freshman season at Rice, he transferred to Duke where he had to sit out 2014-15 season, per NCAA rules. In his lone season as a Blue Devil, Obi played in just 10 games and averaged 0.5 points per game. As a graduate transfer, Obi will be eligible to play for Maryland immediately. 

We are excited to welcome Sean to Maryland," said Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. "As a graduate transfer, he brings high character, experience and maturity to our team. Sean is a good rebounder and gives us another physical presence inside. Sean is healthy and ready to contribute."

Obi, who is 6-9, could provide Maryland help on the offensive and defensive boards in 2017 after they ranked 300th in the country in defensive rebound percentage. 

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Former Terrapin Melo Trimble, signs with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Former Terrapin Melo Trimble, signs with the Minnesota Timberwolves

It was a long summer for Melo Trimble and his NBA outlook, but any doubt has ceased. On Tuesday, it was announced that the former Maryland guard signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

The announcement was first announced by Adrian Wojarowski and then confirmed by multiple sources.

Throughout the NBA Summer League, Trimble spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers. Seeing light action both in Utah and Las Vegas, Trimble made use of his time on the court. His best performance was in Vegas where he played in three of the team's five games. Averaging 13.7 minutes, he shot 60 percent from the field for 10.3 ppg and also reeling in 1.3 steals a game. 

Originally the former Maryland standout signed with the Philadelphia 76ers after draft night as a free agent. Having an abundance of young talent on their roster, Trimble just did not have as big of an impression. Obviously Minnesota felt differently. 

With a loaded roster for the Timberwolves, that was the highlight of fee agency, he will have to compete with other guards already on the roster Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Tyus Jones, and Jamal Crawford.

According to the report, a portion of the contract is guaranteed that is an incentive for Trimble to stay with the team and perhaps work without a roster spot.

Minnesota does happen to have a G-league team in the Iowa Wolves that could be a potential landing point for the guard. For the time being though, he is the third point guard on the Wolves depth chart.

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NCAA Finances: Maryland increases revenue total in second Big Ten season

NCAA Finances: Maryland increases revenue total in second Big Ten season

The University of Maryland saw its total sports revenue increase according to the most updated NCAA Division 1 public school athletics spending and revenue list released by USA TODAY Sports. 

Since joining the Big Ten, Maryland has seen drastic increases in the money they bring in from sports. 

In 2013-2014, Maryland's final year in the ACC, the Terps earned $73,434,869 in sports revenue, a little less than a $10 million increase from the previous year. 

The following year, in the Terps first financial season as a part of the Big Ten, that number jumped to $92,686,128, with the most notable increase being an almost $18 million rise in rights and licensing. 

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According to the most updated report, in the 2015-2016 year, Maryland's total revenue continued to rise, although slightly, totaling $94,101,697.

Just seeing the revenue rise is a promising thing. With that total, the Terps rank No. 36 in school revenue in the country.

While being seen as a very successful feat, the Terps have some ground to make up compared to their Big Ten counterparts.

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The Terps ranked 11th in the Big Ten, only ahead of Rutgers and Purdue. 

The entire Big Ten conference is in the top 50 on the list, making it one of the most lucrative conferences in the country. Ohio State (No. 3) and Michigan (No. 5) lead the way.

The approximate $2 million rise for Maryland mainly came from a rise in the "contributions" category.

Maryland needs to continue to see their revenue rise if they want to stay competitive in the Big Ten due to costly expenses. The expenses quickly add up, with coaching staffs, scholarships, and facilities all requiring millions of dollars.

In the 2015-2016 year, for example, Maryland matched their expenses with their revenue total: $94,101,697.

An approximate $3 million rise in coaching/staff fees, $2 million increase in scholarships, and $4 million increase in other expenses is what led Maryland to come out even at the end of the 2015-2016 year.

The move to the Big Ten was a financial one and Maryland is justifying the change as their total sports revenue has increased since joining the conference. For the Terps, that needs to continue.